Plaza de Santa Veracruz
The sunken square north of the Alameda across Avenida Hidalgo is named for the slanting structure on the right, the Iglesia de la Santa...
Museo Franz Mayer
Occupies the old hospice of the San Juan de Dios order, which under the brief reign of Maximilian became a halfway house for...
Museo Nacional de la Estampa
Devoted to the graphic arts, this museum has thematic exhibits from its collection of more than 12,000 prints. The museum also does...
Palacio de Bellas Artes
The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and prestigious opera companies perform in Bellas Artes’ ornate theater, while chamber groups appear in...
Alameda Central information
Created in the late 1500s by mandate of then-viceroy Luis de Velasco, the Alameda took its name from the álamos (poplars) planted over its rectangular expanse. By the late 19th century the park was graced with European-style statuary and lit by gas lamps. It became the place to be seen for the city’s elite.
Today the Alameda is a popular refuge, particularly on Sunday when families stroll its pathways. The park was spruced up recently with dancing fountains and well-manicured gardens rife with fragrant lavender plants.